Sadly, Clare Shaw is no longer able to tutor at St Ives in February 2016 due to other work commitments which include a new post as the Royal Literary Fellow at Huddersfield University. Although I am sad not to be working with Clare at St Ives, we will be tutoring together in the future – so do watch this space! I’m really excited to announce that the fantastic poet Steve Ely will be stepping in to fill Clare’s shoes.
Steve Ely’s work fits brilliantly with our theme of ‘Thrown Voices’ – his work is wide-ranging and he writes extensively using history and politics to inform his work. His first book of poetry Oswald’s Book of Hours is published by Smokestack and was nominated for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2015. Englaland, his second collection was published in 2015 by Smokestack. His novel Ratmen is published by Blackheath Books. Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire: Made in Mexborough, a biographical work about Hughes’s neglected Mexborough period will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in July 2015.
The course will be running from 15th – 20th February 2016 at Treloyhan Manor Hotel in St Ives. The cost of the course will be £475 for a standard ensuite room. This has increased a little bit from last year – this is to cover the extra night at the hotel, and tutors travel expenses, which I didn’t calculate in last time (doh). I think it is still excellent value for money though – this fee covers all workshops, tutorials and readings, accommodation, breakfast and three course evening meal.
Below is a little bit more information about the theme of the week. Please book directly through the hotel – places are limited and usually fill up fairly quickly. If you have questions about the course – please get in touch with me directly via the contact page on the blog.
Residential Poetry Course
Tutors: Kim Moore and Steve Ely
Monday 15th February – Saturday 20th February 2016, Treloyhan Manor Hotel, St Ives, 01736 796240
Come and join us in beautiful St Ives where we will explore what happens when we throw our voices into other stories, bodies and objects. We will look at what it means to have a voice, and how poets have written about what happens when this voice is taken away. Drawing on personal artefacts and stories, published poems and the rich surroundings of St Ives, we will discover what it feels like to write in a voice that is both yours, and not yours; and to tell a story that may – or may not be – your own. This course is suitable for new writers as well as more experienced poets